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Wedding anniversary

abondanza Jul 28, 2009 04:58 PM

My husband and I have been married for 15 years, together for 15 1/2...we honeymooned in Paris, Italy and Switzerland. We were hoping to get back to Paris this year, but alas we cannot.
Any suggestions for Parisian fare for a special occasion other than Comme Ca'? North Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown areas.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: abondanza Jul 28, 2009 05:15 PM

    La Cachette

    Melisse Restaurant
    1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    La Cachette Bistro
    1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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      vinosnob RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 08:57 AM

      Ditto the rec for Ortolan.

      If it was my anniversary, I would call the restaurant and ask to speak with Chef Eme. Then tell him you're celebrating your anniversary and you'd like him to create a special tasting menu within your budget.

      Haven't been, but have heard good things about Melisse.

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        soniabegonia RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 12:54 PM

        thought La Cachette was closing.

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: soniabegonia Jul 29, 2009 01:36 PM

          it is closing, and they're opening a more casual bistro in SM. for some reason i thought that wasn't happening until the end of August, but i just checked Eater LA and it says they're closing at the end of July, with the bistro slated to open August 10th. nice catch!

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            Phurstluv RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 04:28 PM

            Same chef? I wasn't all that impressed with La Cachette when we went, but that was when L'Orangerie was still around w/Ludo cooking!! Aaah, the good ol' days!!

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: Phurstluv Jul 29, 2009 05:18 PM

              same chef/owner, new location (1733 Ocean Ave in SM), more casual ambiance, new bistro menu.

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                Phurstluv RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 05:44 PM

                1733 Ocean, what used to be there before, do you know??

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: Phurstluv Jul 29, 2009 06:03 PM

                  i don't think it was anything of note. AFAIK, it's a redevelopment of a former office space.

      2. wutzizname RE: abondanza Jul 29, 2009 08:08 AM

        Like many, I'm a big fan of the very popular new Church & State downtown. But the room is more high energy than romantic, depending on your definition.

        I also still like the now venerable Cafe des Artistes in Hollywood. Food is very decent if not always exceptional. But the patio is beautiful. And the brioche pudding is worth a visit in itself.

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          wutzizname RE: wutzizname Jul 29, 2009 08:09 AM

          Sorry...links. And happy anniversary.

          Cafe Des Artistes
          1534 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood, CA 90028

          Church & State
          1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        2. ipsedixit RE: abondanza Jul 29, 2009 09:06 AM


          Le Saint Amour

          1. sgrrush1 RE: abondanza Jul 29, 2009 09:37 AM

            Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega: www.lepetitbistro.us
            Le Petit Restaurant in Sherman Oaks: www.lepetitrestaurant.net

            In that order, but both of these are great and quite authentic.

            Happy anniversary!

            1. Phurstluv RE: abondanza Jul 29, 2009 09:45 AM

              Most romantic = Ortolan.

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